"..It's Too Late to Stop Now..." Volume II, III & IV (Remastered) Van Morrison
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- Live at the Troubadour:
- 1Come Running02:55
- 2These Dreams of You03:35
- 3The Way Young Lovers Do04:11
- 4Snow in San Anselmo04:35
- 5I Just Want to Make Love to You03:37
- 6Bring It on Home to Me03:59
- 7Purple Heather05:22
- 8Hey, Good Lookin'02:14
- 9Bein' Green04:54
- 10Brown Eyed Girl03:31
- 11Listen to the Lion09:07
- 12Hard Nose the Highway05:02
- 14Cyprus Avenue08:46
- Live at the Santa Monica Civic:
- 16I've Been Working03:57
- 17There There Child03:16
- 18No Way03:49
- 19Since I Fell for You04:29
- 20Wild Night04:25
- 21I Paid the Price04:45
- 24Buona Sera02:42
- 25Moonshine Whiskey06:51
- 26Ain't Nothing You Can Do03:06
- 27Take Your Hand Out of My Pocket03:20
- 28Sweet Thing04:44
- 29Into the Mystic04:30
- 30I Believe to My Soul03:36
- Live at the Rainbow:
- 31Listen to the Lion07:51
- 32I Paid the Price05:45
- 33Bein' Green04:47
- 34Since I Fell for You04:25
- 35Into the Mystic04:58
- 37I Believe to My Soul03:30
- 38Sweet Thing05:50
- 39I Just Want to Make Love to You05:33
- 40Wild Children04:46
- 41Here Comes the Night03:22
- 42Buona Sera02:39
- 45Cyprus Avenue08:15
Info for "..It's Too Late to Stop Now..." Volume II, III & IV (Remastered)
Often cited as one of the best live albums ever made, Van Morrison's original „..It's Too Late to Stop Now…“ has been remastered in 24-bit high-resolution audio for the very first time in history.
Morrison's highly acclaimed 1973 concert album was compiled from eight sets of live performances--recorded at The Troubadour, the Santa Monica Civic Center and The Rainbow Theatre--and was notably free of any post-performance overdubs or studios 'fixes'. ..It's Too Late to Stop Now...Volumes II, III & IV returns to those original performances, first captured on two-inch 16-track analog tapes, and, through the mastery of noted engineer Guy Massey, puts the contemporary listener in the enviable position of being sonically present at each venue. All of the recordings on the new collection have been previously unavailable and none of them overlap with the performances on 'Volume I' of ..It's Too Late to Stop Now...
'I am getting more into performing,' said Van Morrison in 1973, during his tour with his newly-formed Caledonia Soul Orchestra. 'It's incredible…. All of a sudden I felt like 'you're back into performing' and it just happened like that…. A lot of times in the past I've done gigs and it was rough to get through them. But now the combination seems to be right and it's been clicking a lot.'
Morrison's 1973 tour found the Irish soul singer at the peak of his powers, returning to the stage to deliver scorching definitive renditions of the signature material comprising his catalog at the time, from the R&B/rock roots of THEM to the haunting folk soul of Astral Weeks and Moondance in songs like 'Gloria,' 'Into The Mystic,' 'Warm Love,' 'Domino' and more. Accompanied by the 11-piece Caledonia Soul Orchestra, featuring two horn players and a four-piece string section, Van Morrison set a new standard for live performance while ..It's Too Late to Stop Now... raised the bar on what was possible on a concert recording.
Van Morrison, vocals
Caledonia Soul Orchestra:
Jeff Labes, piano & organ
Dave Shaw, drums
John Platania, guitar
David Hayes, bass
Jack Schroer, alto, tenor, baritone saxophones
Bill Atwood, trumpet
Nathan Rubin, violin
Tim Kovatch, violin
Tom Halpin, violin
Nancy Ellis, viola
Terry Adams, cello
Recorded 24 May – 24 July 1973 at The Troubadour, Los Angeles, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and Rainbow Theatre, London
Produced by Van Morrison, Ted Templeman
Please Note: we do not offer the 96 kHz version of this album, because there is no considerable or audible difference to the 44.1 kHz version!
One of music’s true originals Van Morrison’s unique and inspirational musical legacy is rooted in postwar Belfast.
Born in 1945 Van heard his Shipyard worker father’s collection of blues, country and gospel early in life.
Feeding off musical greats such as Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, Muddy Waters, Mahalia Jackson and Leadbelly he was a travelling musician at 13 and singing, playing guitar and sax, in several bands, before forming Them in 1964.
Making their name at Belfast’s Maritime Club Them soon established Van as a major force in the British R&B scene. Morrison’s matchless vocal and songwriting talents produced instant classics such as the much covered ‘Gloria’ and ‘Here Comes The Night’.
Those talents found full astonishing range in Van’s solo career.
After working with Them’s New York producer Bert Berns on beautiful Top 40 pop hit ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ (1967), Morrison moved to another realm.
Recorded over 3 days with legendary jazz musicians Astral Weeks (1968) is a still singular album combining street poetry, jazz improvisation, Celtic invocation and Afro Celtic Blues wailing.
Morrison would weave these and myriad other influences into the albums that followed in quick succession.
Reflecting on new life in America on the joyous Sinatra soul of Moondance (1970) and the country inflected Tupelo Honey (1971) he summoned old spiritual and ancestral life in the epic St Dominic’s Preview (1972) closer track Listen To The Lion.
Double live album Too Late To Stop Now (1973) highlighted Morrison’s superlative performing and bandleader skills. Mapping out a richly varied musical course throughout the 70s he shone among an all-star cast including Bob Dylan and Muddy Waters on The Band’s Last Waltz.
Indeed, borne of his Irish Showband instincts, the magic of the live performance has been a consistent feature of Morrison’s career.
Settling back into life in the UK in 1980 he released Common One an album centring on Summertime In England an extraordinary invocation of literary, sensual and spiritual pleasure the song would often become a thrilling improvised centrepiece to his live shows.
Steering his own course throughout the 80s on albums such as No Guru, No Method, No Teacher he claimed Celtic roots with The Chieftains on Irish Heartbeat. Teaming with Georgie Fame brought new impetus to his live show while Avalon Sunset saw him back in the album and single charts by the decades end.
Van Morrison continued to advance on his status as a game- changing artist through the 90s and into the 21st century.
Awards and accolades - a Brit, an OBE, an Ivor Novello, 6 Grammys, honourary doctorates from Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster, entry into The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and the French Ordres Des Artes Et Des Lettres - attested to the international reach of Van’s musical art.
Yet there was never any suggestion that Morrison, one of the most prolific recording artists and hardest working live performers of his era, would ever rest on his laurels.
Collaborations with, among others, John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles, Lonnie Donegan, Mose Allison and Tom Jones confirmed the breadth of his musical reach.
Morrison’s visionary songwriting and mastery of many genres continued to shine on albums celebrating and re-exploring his blues, jazz, skiffle and country roots.
The influence of the musical journey that began back in Post War Belfast stretches across the generations, and Morrison’s questing hunger insures that the journey itself continues.
Constantly reshaping his musical history in live performance, Morrison reclaimed Astral Weeks on 2009’s album Live At The Hollywood Bowl.
The subtitle of Van Morrison's latest album, Born to Sing: No Plan B, indicates the power that music still holds for this living legend. "No Plan B means this is not a rehearsal," says Morrison. "That’s the main thing—it’s not a hobby, it’s real, happening now, in real time."
With one of the most revered catalogues in music history and his unparalleled talents as composer, singer and performer Morrison’s past achievements loom large. But, as throughout his extraordinary career, how that past informs his future achievements and still stirs excitement and keen anticipation.
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